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Attraction by repulsion: compounds with like charges undergo self-assembly in water that improves in high salt and persists in real biological fluids

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Abstract

We report a family of highly anionic calixarenes that form discrete homo-dimeric assemblies in pure water, that get stronger in high salt solutions, and that remain assembled in complex, denaturing solutions like real urine. The results reveal the potential of like-charged subunits for self-assembly in high-salt solutions and biological fluids.

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The article was received on 23 Dec 2015, accepted on 05 Jan 2016 and first published on 05 Jan 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC10527G
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 2768-2771
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    Attraction by repulsion: compounds with like charges undergo self-assembly in water that improves in high salt and persists in real biological fluids

    G. A. E. Garnett, K. D. Daze, J. A. Peña Diaz, N. Fagen, A. Shaurya, M. C. F. Ma, M. S. Collins, D. W. Johnson, L. N. Zakharov and F. Hof, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 2768
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CC10527G

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